Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Introduce Yourself

Introduce Yourself Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!

Hey guys! just getting started.


Introduce Yourself

Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-05-2012, 04:53 PM
jsmith jsmith is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 3
jsmith is on a distinguished road
Default Hey guys! just getting started.

Hey everyone! Ive been doing lawncare for the past 4 years now working for a company. My boss has been great with teaching me the ins and the outs of mowing. So i have decided its time to try and go out on my own next year and start up a small lawn care business. So any advice or input from anyone would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 08-05-2012, 05:58 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsmith View Post
Hey everyone! Ive been doing lawncare for the past 4 years now working for a company. My boss has been great with teaching me the ins and the outs of mowing. So i have decided its time to try and go out on my own next year and start up a small lawn care business. So any advice or input from anyone would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.

Don't tell your boss.


Your boss will make everything sound more difficult than it truthfully is - it'll demoralize you to hear.

The labor is the easiest part, the rest is a living nightmare that wont ever go away until you find yourself at the bottom of a bottle of Jack, and that's only a temporary fix.

-

My best advice, don't lose touch with the outside world (friends). Starting a company can be a lonely place if it's all you keep on your mind, and if you push people away.

I pushed my entire social life away for this, don't make the same mistake!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-05-2012, 06:07 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

I wouldn't quit if you're making good money. My first year I grossed about $6000. Can you live on $6000?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-05-2012, 06:38 PM
jsmith jsmith is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 3
jsmith is on a distinguished road
Default

haha thanks for the input. But my boss is a nice guy and a family friend and i honestly think hed help me out a little bit. And im sorry to hear that cheese about losing touch with the outside world. But i actually have a couple friends that have some mowing companys of their own so im sure we would always have something to talk about. But thanks again for your input i appreciate it.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-05-2012, 06:49 PM
jsmith jsmith is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 3
jsmith is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mark123 View Post
I wouldn't quit if you're making good money. My first year I grossed about $6000. Can you live on $6000?
well the mowing company i work for right now we only work in the late afternoon because my boss works a full time job in the morning...so my plan was still doing that and then starting mine up on the side and doing both for right now and then just planing it by year.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-05-2012, 09:33 PM
Big Al Big Al is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 3
Big Al is on a distinguished road
Default

I think its great you want to start doing it for yourself, just remember that your success depends on you and you alone. If your ready for it then get out there and start busting *** and making cash! Good luck bud
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-05-2012, 10:00 PM
krzys666 krzys666 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 4
krzys666 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jsmith View Post
haha thanks for the input. But my boss is a nice guy and a family friend and i honestly think hed help me out a little bit. And im sorry to hear that cheese about losing touch with the outside world. But i actually have a couple friends that have some mowing companys of their own so im sure we would always have something to talk about. But thanks again for your input i appreciate it.
if you are still working for someone learn your numbers.
what i mean by that;
set up a excel spread sheet with every property on that list.
then put the lot size, and turf sq ft, triming time, blow off time.
how long does it take to spread mulch, plant flats of flowers, weeding ect...
track the time for each one every week.

if possible find out what your boss charges.

you will have an average amount of time required for certain tasks. it will help you a lot with estimating assuming you are using similar machines.

zillow is great for lot size
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-05-2012, 10:31 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jsmith View Post
well the mowing company i work for right now we only work in the late afternoon because my boss works a full time job in the morning...so my plan was still doing that and then starting mine up on the side and doing both for right now and then just planing it by year.
That's a much better plan than just cutting off the old job and trying to start a new one. What a weird situation where you only work in the late afternoon.

Your boss is going to have to realize that the jobs you've been hired to do take precedence over the jobs he's been hired to do. Making money for you is more important than making money for him. It's just logical sense. He's probably not going to like it though.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-05-2012, 10:55 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

I had a guy that did side jobs work for me before. It wasnt just lawn stuff but handyman jobs. I didnt mind until he borrowed my snow blower to clear driveways and found out he was telling customers he would work for them for what I pay him to work for me.

Your walking a thin line trying to start a business while working for someone in the same field. You should talk it over with your boss before he finds out from someone else.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-05-2012, 11:11 PM
jsmith jsmith is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 3
jsmith is on a distinguished road
Default

well my boss has taught me pretty much everything he knows and hes been mowings lawns for around 13 years or so. He doesnt do any mulching or planting just strickly mowing. and as the pricing goes for mowing he doesnt get to complex about it, he just charges one dollar per minute for how ever long he thinks it will take us to mow the yard. And my friends that mow for a living they do the same thing when it comes to how much to charge per yard. Thats the way my boss has taught me to price yards and it works well for him. and mark what i was getting at if i started doing it on my own i would try and mow in the early mornings and then just go work for my boss in the afternoon so our schedules wouldnt interfere...at least for a little while unless my company took off. Oh and thanks big Al for the encouragement!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just getting started kenbo Introduce Yourself 3 03-09-2011 10:49 PM
Just getting started B&B Inc Introduce Yourself 1 03-04-2011 02:38 AM
Getting started OldRedFord Starting a lawn care business. 4 07-19-2010 10:38 PM
Just getting started snakebit68 Introduce Yourself 1 07-09-2010 09:31 PM
How to get started sfitzpat Community Assistance 8 03-02-2008 09:51 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
French gardener owner's...
didgreen
Yesterday 09:10 AM
Today 02:25 AM
by didgreen
3 75
Thanks for all the posts
WheatGrass
Yesterday 06:38 AM
Today 01:29 AM
by WheatGrass
2 74
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
Yesterday 11:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 103
hows it going.
uppercut
Yesterday 05:01 AM
Yesterday 11:16 PM
by uppercut
3 75
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
Yesterday 11:11 PM
by uppercut
2 66
Just Quit?
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:23 AM
Yesterday 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 150
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
Yesterday 10:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 827
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
01-28-2015 12:13 AM
Yesterday 09:15 PM
by veteranslawncaresystems
6 192
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by Chilehead
2 75
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
Yesterday 07:46 PM
by Chilehead
11 887
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
Yesterday 04:47 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 471
whats this briggs?
uppercut
Yesterday 12:40 AM
Yesterday 02:49 PM
by Steve
1 55
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
1,202 363,927
Lawn Mowing -...
ringahding1
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Yesterday 07:05 AM
by ringahding1
0 35
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
01-29-2015 08:14 PM
by lxarth
8 271
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 09:13 AM
01-29-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
6 235
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-29-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
15 492
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
01-29-2015 09:11 AM
by ringahding1
7 222
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
01-28-2015 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,209
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
01-28-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 16,099
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
01-28-2015 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,477
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-28-2015 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 618
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-27-2015 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,379
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 12:30 PM
01-27-2015 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 159
New to group
ron@alpine
01-27-2015 08:45 AM
01-27-2015 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 127
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-27-2015 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 791
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-27-2015 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 356
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
01-27-2015 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 304
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,641
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 188
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 439
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 195
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 339
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 323
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 387
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 550
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 369
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 705
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 440
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,251
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 601
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,550
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 526
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 337
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 269
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,856
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 733
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 424
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,928
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
01-12-2015 06:32 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
30 1,679
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger bob villa bush commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches door hangers employee problems estimate foreman four wheel drive google gopherhaul gravely hardscapes how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mulch new mower ordinance patio install per hour service podcast profit on employee scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns steve theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape up sell employee won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:38 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:38 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy